Ethylcathinone is a synthetic stimulant that is chemically similar to methcathinone. It creates a wide array of effects making it a desired drug amongst abusers. Within 15 – 45 mins of taking Ethylcathinon the user will begin to experience mental and physical stimulation; euphoria, mood lift; feelings of empathy, openness; increase in sociability, desire to talk with others; and pleasurable rushing. These effects plateau within 30 – 45 mins, comin down within 30 – 90 minutes. The after effects of Ethylcathinone can be experienced for 2 – 4 hours.
Ethylcathinone is used for recreational purposes. Its stimulant effects alter the individuals mood, creates feelings of euphoria, up lifts their mod, stimulates them mentally and physically, they will feel more sociable, talkative and experience pleasurable feelings. Ethylcathinone is very popular amongst young adults being called the “party pill”.
Ethylcathinone Signs and Symptoms
A person who is tripping on Ethylcathinone may show some of the following signs and symptoms;
- general change in consciousness
- decreased appetite
- pupil dilation
- unusual body sensations (facial flushing, chills, goosebumps, body energy)
- change in body temperature regulation
- increase in heart rate and blood pressure
- Anxiety, “jitters”
- uncomfortable changes in body temperature (sweating/chills)
- heart palpitations, sense of racing heart
- impaired short term memory
- tightened jaw muscles, grinding teeth (trismus and bruxia)
- muscle twitching
Someone who has developed a tolerance to Ethylcathinone will require larger doses of the drug to achieve the desired effects. As their dose increases, along with the frequency of drug use, the individual may develop a physical and psychological dependency to Ethylcathinone. When stopping the use of this drug they may experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that sends them back to the drug for comfort.
Ethylcathinone Addiction Treatment
Treating addiction to any psychoactive drug require therapy and counseling. Patients must be able to get to the root cause of their addiction, as well as uncover any other mental or emotional illness. Ethylcathinone may cause irreversible psychological damage that will require long term treatment with therapy and medication. The treatment needs will be determined on an individual basis according to each patients personal treatment needs. These treatment aspects often include, but are not limited to;
- Individual Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Behavioral Modification Therapy
- Chemical Dependency Education